Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Here are details on our current panel of advisors:

Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Peter Large
Peter Large
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Schedule of Events

Feb 6 │CTF Advisor Panel │ Rachel Cox, Olivia Ecker, Joy Hodge, Deb Oronzio , Prashant Pandya, and Al Rankin

One of the things that makes Career Transitions Forum work is its amazing advisors and their ability to hone in and assist the needs of those they are advising.  Come meet our advisors as they discuss topics that are meaningful to those in transition.  This session is designed to help attendees get to know CTF advisors, and to allow attendees the opportunity to dialogue on topics that will help them successfully land their next adventure.

Feb 13 │ Dennis Hulick │How to Make Money When You are In Transition

Is your job search taking longer than anticipated? Join Dennis Hulick as he shows how proven methods for earning money with just your computer and an internet connection is possible and proven to work. Learn how you can make yourself more marketable using one of these tools.

Dennis has been successfully teaching “How to Make Money When You Don’t Have a Job” for the past few years.  He brings many years of real-life experience for generating supplementary income and shares stories of his (and others!) success and failure along the way.  Dennis is known for his warm, engaging instructional style and his stellar communication skills.  He assures attendees that they will walk away with at least a few options for income generation! 

Feb 20 │ Debra Mathias │ Networking with LinkedIn

This seminar is a must for anyone in transition.  Join LinkedIn expert Debra Mathias to learn about LinkedIn profile optimization, group marketing, posting, marketing and promotion, how to use the LinkedIn Dashboard – and more!  In this seminar, Debra will give you a broad overview of LinkedIn, designed to help you make the most of this platform while in transition.

Debra Mathias has over 30 years of sales, marketing, promotions, branding and sales management experience. As president of Connect to Clients and a LinkedIn trainer and coach for over 7 years Debra brings her strategic actionable approach to everyone from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Her dedication to the success of others is what sets her career apart. Applying her LinkedIn strategies gives companies and individuals the toolkit they need to succeed in social media marketing.

Feb 27 │ Debbie Dodson │ Establishing a Helpful Social Media Presence

Individuals in transition need to know that all social media tools can either help or hurt your professional reputation.  Join Debbie Dodson, an expert in strategic communications for individuals and organizations, and enjoy the social media coaching she will share with attendees.  Attendees will learn how to best present themselves across the most popular social media platforms and how to strategically avoid social media missteps.

The owner of Dodson Communications, LLC in Raleigh, Debbie offers career and communication services for individuals and organizations. This includes resume and LinkedIn evaluations and writing, job interview prep, and social media coaching and management. Debbie is also DISC certified and offers personality/behavior assessments and training in both the DISC and

March 5 |Gail McCowan | Get Your Resume from the Robots to the Humans

Most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems to sort through the hundreds of resumes received for each job posting, but up to 90% of qualified applicant’s resumes never get seen because they don’t get past these “robots.” Come learn critical tips to overcome this, including using keywords and proper formatting to maximize your chance of success!

Gail is an employability skills educator and career coach who is passionate about helping others find and maintain employment. For the past eight years she has been an adjunct instructor with Wake Tech’s Human Resources Development Program, where she has taught courses on a full range of job seeking skills. Currently Gail's focus is on classes related to LinkedIn, electronic resumes, interviewing and basic computer skills.

 

 

Location:
Trinity Baptist Church - Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!

CTF Link9.20edIn Group
This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
 
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
 
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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